Toothbrush Maintenance

You’ve always been told to come in regularly to keep up the maintenance of your teeth and oral hygiene. But what about the tools you use at home to keep it up? Your toothbrush is the most important tool at home for you to keep your teeth clean. Why not try and keep it clean too?

It is important for you to be changing out your toothbrush every 3 or 4 months, but you also should be changing your toothbrush sooner if you have been sick within those 3 or 4 months. Your tooth brush can harbor all the bacteria and germs you have in your mouth, potentially causing you to become sick again.

You also want to store your toothbrush in a place where the air can dry it properly and the toothbrush is sitting up so you don’t bend the bristles, as storing your wet toothbrush in a closed environment can promote the growth of bacteria on the toothbrush. Make sure you also rinse your toothbrush free of any leftover toothpaste or debris that could gunk up the bristles.

Your tooth brush probably isn’t that far away from your toilet, as after all, bathrooms tend to be small spaces. Try and keep your toothbrush as far away from your toilet as possible. You’ll want to try to remember to close the toilet lid before you flush to prevent airborne bacteria from spreading onto your toothbrush.

-Emma
Braeside Dental Centre

Toothbrush Maintenance

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